This essay reflects on the questions introduced by Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings's biography Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life. In particular, it considers how the biography addresses the difficult problem of drawing together a unity of life and writings in Benjamin's existence. It further seeks to assess how the conception, implicit in their book, of the relation of writing and life relates to Benjamin's own understanding of the nature of the craft of biography.
Eli Friedlander; Matters of Life: A Review of Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life. boundary 2 1 November 2016; 43 (4): 147–153. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-3653764
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